I’m a strong advocate and proponent for mental and behavioral health. I grew up learning early on about mental and behavioral health in my mom’s office, who was a provider of mental health services as a therapist, and also advocated for alternative options for mental health patients who were incarcerated. I also worked in special education, for many years, in the public school system. My undergraduate degree is in Human Services with an emphasis in education and mental health.
I believe the stigma attached to people with mental health and behavioral issues perpetuates erroneous assumptions, making their professional and personal success even more difficult.
I believe we need to redefine how we speak and write about mental and behavioral issues in the classroom, workplace, and in our homes.
Health insurance needs to provide more services for, and cover one hundred percent of treatment and care for mental and behavioral patients. Another reason I am a proponent for Medicare For All.